One of two declared candidates for the provincial New Democratic Party nomination in Sarnia-Lambton is upset at how the local nomination process has unfolded to date.
In an email to a provincial party official, Andy Bruziewicz says he is displeased with the decision by the local riding association to hold the nomination meeting tomorrow evening (Wednesday, June 22) without sufficient advance to the general public.
“As a potential candidate I was never consulted about the timing of the nomination meeting,” writes Bruziewicz, noting that the choice of the date conflicts with, among other events, the annual Duc d'Orleans Seniors Cruise for which he is a long-time volunteer and Bluewater Health's Annual General Meeting.
The member of Sarnia City Council for the past 17 years, also feels more time should be given to attract new members to the party and allow members with lapsed memberships to consider being part of the nomination process.
Bruzewicz, who finished second to Pat Davidson in the 2008 federal election, has asked local party officials to postpone tomorrow's nomination meeting to a date in early September in order that the party grows its organization in advance of the provincial election in October.
He says, if the decision is made to move forward with the nomination meeting tomorrow evening, he will withdraw from the nomination process because “it is not fully democratic.”
Local filmmaker Brian White is the only other declared candidate to date.
He ran unsuccessfully for a seat on Sarnia City Council last year and finished second to Pat Davidson in the most recent federal election last month.
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